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SIMEC Atlantis forms tidal turbine partnership with GE

AR2000 tidal turbine concept. Source: SIMEC Atlantis

May 14 (Renewables Now) - SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd (LON:SAE) said today it will work together with US conglomerate General Electric Co (NYSE:GE) to develop utility-scale tidal energy turbines and associated energy storage solutions.

The turbine and engineering services division of Atlantis has signed a technology partnership and preferred supplier agreement with the Power Conversion business of GE. This deal will see the two parties share resources while developing the solutions and also engage in joint marketing activities to promote their new subsea connection technologies, a press statement says.

Atlantis is the owner of a 77% stake in the world’s largest tidal stream power project, MeyGen, with a planned capacity of 398 MW. The site of this Scottish project already accommodates a 6-MW system. The second phase is known as Project Stroma and envisages the installation of two AR2000 turbines for a total capacity of 4 MW.

GE and Atlantis have been working in partnership on the development and performance validation of the AR2000 device since September 2018. The UK company noted that this collaboration will play a key role in the delivery of equipment and services to Project Stroma.

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